“Locked down” on the Paradise island Bali?

When the Visa-on-Arrival into Bali was suspended 20 March at Denpasar airport, this confirmed how serious the Indonesian authorities considered the threat of Covid19 to health and safety of the island’s inhabitants. Seemingly, after weeks of speculation, they took severe measures which have destroyed the tourism economy and impacted on the Balinese, Indonesian and expatriate … Continue reading “Locked down” on the Paradise island Bali?

Balinese art patronage – now & then

                                          Balinese Kamasan Painiting   Balinese painting has a rich and unique history dating back over 400 years. Originally the work of artisans from the East Javanese Majapahit Empire (13-16th Century), this special narrative style of painting expanded into Bali in 1343 when the Majapahit conquered Bali, introducing the Hindu culture, and institutions. The collapse … Continue reading Balinese art patronage – now & then

Buying Balinese art at auction?

Wayan Radjin – “Ramayana Membebaskan Dewi Sita” Image courtesy of Larasati   Are you interested in Balinese art? Ever thought of buying at auction? Whether driven by your love of art, curiosity, or an eye for investment – buying at auction can be an interesting and exciting way to grow your collection. To the novice … Continue reading Buying Balinese art at auction?

Wayan Karja: From a ‘Young Artist’ to Balinese Visionary

                                                       Wayan Karja Within every Balinese village there is a tale or two to be told. The association between the master and pupil has played a vital role in the development of Balinese traditional art. The bonds amid teacher and student, father and son, or among relatives have enabled the sharing of ideas, support and … Continue reading Wayan Karja: From a ‘Young Artist’ to Balinese Visionary

The Legacy of Arie Smit 1916-2016

The Death of Dutch Colorist Arie Smit 23 March 2016 is an Enormous Loss to The Canon of Southeast Asian Art.   During an August seminar at Ubud’s Neka Art Museum, a gathering of over 100 members of the Balinese art community paid homage to the legacy of the Dutch post-modern colourist Arie Smit (1916-2016). … Continue reading The Legacy of Arie Smit 1916-2016